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Downtown Classic Car Show

  • Info For Custom and Classic Car Exhibitors

    The 14th Annual Downtown Classic Car Show will take place in Downtown St. Catharines on Saturday, July 9, 2016.

    No registration, admission or parking fees. No advance registration.  Pre-1986 vehicles preferred.  Special giveaways on arrival for the first 300 cars.

    Please arrive between 7 am and 9 am for best parking placement within the show area.  Please do not arrive earlier than 7 am to park your custom or classic vehicle, or YOU WILL RISK HAVING YOUR VEHICLE TOWED.  Volunteers from the Niagara Corvette Club will assist exhibitors with parking and placement of their cars.  There are two points of entry:  St. Paul Street at Ontario Street / Westchester Cres., and St. Paul Street at Carlisle Street.  We will have volunteers posted at each point of entry, handing out goodie bags and door prize tickets to each exhibitor.

    If you would like to park near or with your friends, please all arrive together as it is extremely difficult to save spots.  Once parked, we encourage you to stay through the afternoon while the thousands of visitors enjoy strolling the downtown streets viewing the vintage and custom cars on display.


  • Breakfast & Other Dining

    Stay tuned for 2016 updates.

    (2015) Arriving early to park your custom or classic car?  Try one of our great downtown dining spots for breakfast on the morning of the car show.  There are even more choices for lunch or dinner, or a cool drink on a patio. Check out our full listing of dining establishments in Downtown St. Catharines here on our website:


    The Carlisle Café, 259 St. Paul St.               open at 7:30 am                Full hot breakfast

    Christina’s Eatery, 52 St. Paul St.                 open at 8:00 am                Full hot breakfast

    Coffee Culture, 196 St. Paul St.                    open at 6:00 am                Breakfast sandwiches, baked goods

    Greek Garden, 459 St. Paul St.                    open at 7:30 am                Full hot breakfast

    Helen's Deli, 50 James Street                      open at 8:00 am                Baked goods, coffee

    Hub Cafe (The) food tent, 123 St. Paul St    open at 7:00 am               Breakfast wraps

    Mahtay Café, 241 St. Paul St.                      open at 8:00 am                Breakfast sandwiches, baked goods

    Patrick Sheehan’s Irish Pub, 101 St. Paul    open at 8:00 am                Full hot breakfast

    Subway                                                        open at 7:00 am                 Breakfast sandwiches

    Sunset Restaurant, 180 St. Paul St.             open at 7:00 am                Full hot breakfast

    Tim Horton’s                                                  open at 6:00 am                Breakfast sandwiches, baked goods


  • Vendors / Car Show Merchandise

    Stay tuned for 2016 updates.

    (2015) Stop by the information tent at the corner of St. Paul Street and James Street to buy your car show souvenirs.  T-shirts will be for sale.    All classic car exhibitors will receive a numbered raffle ticket upon entry to the car show grounds. Check in at the information tent (corner of St. Paul Street and James Street) after 11:00 am to see if you have won a prize!

    In addition to all the fine businesses in Downtown St. Catharines (see full directory here), there will be vendors and exhibitors set up on St. Paul Street between James and Carlisle Streets.

    Lucan District Lions Club – Car Raffle (’69 Camaro SS Convertible)

    Hospice Niagara 5 Car Draw

    YWCA Niagara   No Fixed Address

    Garden City Food Co-op

    CFBU Brock University Student Radio


    97.7 HTZ-FM

    105.7 EZ Rock

    Vintage Auto & Cycle

    Old Fashion Lemonade

    Canadian Hot Rods Magazine

    Citation Automotive Products




  • Kids' Zone

    Paint a Car                                                                                          Stayed tuned for 2016 updates.   (2015) Bring your kids to the Downtown Classic Car Show and instill a love of cars in them at an early age.  The Kids' Zone will be located on St. Paul Street near the corner of Bond Street. This interactive children’s area will feature our very popular Paint-A-Car activity where kids will be able to paint a vehicle (graciously donated by Millers Auto Recyling), as well as face painting & bouncy fun from Niagara Inflatables. Scouts Canada St. Catharines Area will be bringing their Kub Kars, and Chess Nation - Niagara will have their giant chess board set up!  

  • Call For Volunteers

    The St. Catharines Downtown Association is seeking VOLUNTEERS for the 14th Annual Downtown Classic Car Show on Saturday, July 9, 2016 in Downtown St. Catharines.
    A fun, free, festive day for the whole family - custom and classic cars on display, musical entertainment, kids' activities and much more!  Volunteers are required for four-hour shifts:  7am to 11am, 9am to 1pm , or 11am to 3pm.  Volunteers are needed to man the entrance gates and distribute goodie bags, help out in the kids' activity area, assist at the entertainment stage or information tent, and more!  We will provide refreshments and a volunteer t-shirt, as well as community involvement hours for eligible high school students.
    Please contact our office for more information  905-685-8424
    Click below for Volunteer Application Form
  • Summer Sale Promotion

    Stay tuned for 2016 updates.

    (2015 Many of our Downtown St. Catharines retailers are holding SPECIAL SUMMER SALE PROMOTIONS in their stores on Saturday July 4, 2015 - Downtown Classic Car Show Day!  Check out a full list of downtown shops here

    The Boot Shop, 46 James Street - Storewide BOGO sale

    The British Boutique, 152 St. Paul Street

    Gwen’s Teas, 163 St. Paul Street

    Lousje & Bean, 39 James Street - 20% to 50% off selected items

    Mostly Comics, 413 St. Paul Street - Dollar Day Back Issue sale

    Out of the Past, 340 St. Paul Street

    Niagara Central Hobbies, 401 St. Paul Street

    Ryson's Music, 5 Court Street

    Second Dance, 122 St. Paul Street

    Tammy's Creative Cakes & Treats, 220 St. Paul Street - cupcake & cake balls sale

    The Write Bookshop, 285 St. Paul Street - 20% off sale





















  • Entertainment and Cosplay Contest

    In addition to the hundreds of custom and classic cars on display, there is plenty of entertainment on the streets of Downtown St. Catharines.  We are excited to have Alex Kazam (performance artist - magician, juggler) returning again this year to amaze and astound the thousands of visitors downtown.  See Alex Kazam on St. Paul Street near James Street. 

    See the Batmobile! Meet Brampton Batman from 11:00am to 3:00pm on St. Paul Street near Court Street.

    The St. Catharines Downtown Association and Mostly Comics are pleased to present a Superhero Cosplay Costume Comepetition during the Downtown Classic Car Show!  There will also be a variety of live music performances from Ryson's Music!  The cosplay competition will take place on on St. Paul Street near Court Street. Open to adults and children. Prizes to be won!  See registration form below:

    We also welcome back Chicks on Sticks, our lovely and energetic stilt walkers with their balloon art creations.

    More live entertainment can be found at our entertainment pitches, including live music at 123 St. Paul Street and more live music at 301 St. Paul Street.


  • Photo Gallery

    Please visit our Flickr account to view photos from the 2015 Downtown Classic Car Show.